Trad­ing wins

Blue Crabs edge Blue­fish by a run af­ter 1-0 loss night be­fore

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MASON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter suc­cumb­ing to a 1-0 loss in Tues­day night’s se­ries opener to Bridge­port, the South­ern Mary­land Blue Crabs would find them­selves in an­other tight one on Wed­nes­day night in Game 2 of the three-game se­ries at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

With the score tied at 3 and Gary Brown up to bat and two outs in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning left fielder Kuan-Jen Chen scored on a wild pitch by Bridge­port re­liever Joseph Kuzia. It would turn out to be the even­tual game-win­ning run as the Blue Crabs squeaked out the even­tual 4-3 vic­tory.

South­ern Mary­land (19-31, in fourth place in the Free­dom Di­vi­sion, 9 games be­hind first-place York en­ter­ing Thurs­day) had a chance to close out the se­ries with a win on Thurs­day night.

The Blue Crabs hit the road for the first of a six-game road trip that starts tonight in Som­er­set

with the opener of a three­game week­end se­ries, then they will head to Sugar Land for three games start­ing Mon­day.

“It would be some good mo­men­tum to close this se­ries out head­ing up to Som­er­set,” said Blue Crabs man­ager Jeremy Owens af­ter Wed­nes­day’s win. “We got some much-needed hits and our de­fense played strong in those last five in­nings for tonight. Tonight

was a good come back win for us.”

Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son, a 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate, picked up his sec­ond win of the sea­son. Thomp­son al­lowed three runs on eight hits in seven in­nings with no walks and two strike­outs. He re­tired the last seven bat­ters that he faced.

“It was a tough win and I left the ball up early, but I started to get in my groove in the last three in­nings that I pitched,” Thomp­son said. “We got some huge runs tonight, but tonight I just wanted to pound the zone and throw strikes. The de­fense backed me up and did a very good job. The key now is to win each se­ries and get some mo­men­tum go­ing.”

Justin Berg pitched the eighth, al­low­ing just one hit with one walk. Cody Ep­p­ley then got his 10th save of

the sea­son af­ter a score­less ninth with one strike­out.

“Bridge­port got a cou­ple big hits off Daryl early, but our guys re­sponded and got some run sup­port to back him up,” Owens said, whose de­fense did not com­mit any er­rors. “Through­out the game he started get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter. His last two in­nings was prob­a­bly the best that he threw all night, so it was nice to see him get stronger. Over­all, I was pleased with how ev­ery­thing went to­day.”

Bridge­port (21-31, in fourth place in the Lib­erty Di­vi­sion, 9 games be­hind first-place Som­er­set) struck first in the top of the first in­ning as right fielder Wel­ing­ton Do­tel hit a two-out home run, his first of the sea­son. Do­tel fin­ished 3 for 4 at the plate for the game.

South­ern Mary­land tied the game at 1 as first base­man Zach Wil­son drove in

An­gel Sanchez, who was signed and ac­ti­vated to the team Tues­day, on a sac­ri­fice fly. In the sec­ond, catcher An­gel Flores crushed a two-run homer over the left­field wall on a full count.

Flores, who notched his third homer of the sea­son, said that he got a change-up from Bridge­port left-handed starter Mike An­tonini and was able to cash in with the long ball.

“He was try­ing to trick me with the change-up, but I was sit­ting back wait­ing on that pitch,” Flores said. “Ev­ery­one had bet­ter at-bats to­day and was more ag­gres­sive than [Tues­day].”

Bridge­port came to within 3-2 in the third on an RBI dou­ble to right by cen­ter fielder Endy Chavez and tied the game at 3 in the fourth on a first-pitch solo homer by Jonathan Galvez. How­ever, the South­ern Mary­land pitching staff was able to keep the Blue­fish off the score­board for the next five in­nings.

Bryant Nel­son, Ja­mar Wal­ton and Chen each had two hits in the win.

On Tues­day, Galvez’s RBI sin­gle in the top of the fourth was the dif­fer­ence in Bridge­port’s one-run shutout.

Blue­fish Right-han­der Jonathan Al­baladejo shut out the Blue Crabs, go­ing seven in­nings and al­low­ing no runs on five hits with four strike­outs. Tay­lor Thomp­son picked up the save for the Blue­fish, pitching a score­less ninth.

Blue Crabs start­ing pitcher Brian Bur­res, who was just one win away from his 100th ca­reer vic­tory on the mound, got the loss. Bur­res al­lowed one run, which was un­earned, and five hits with two walks and five strike­outs.

PHOTO BY BERT HINDMAN

Blue Crabs starter Daryl Thomp­son, a 2003 La Plata High School grad­u­ate, picked up his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son in a 4-3 win over the Bridge­port Blue­fish in the sec­ond of a three-game se­ries on Wed­nes­day night at Re­gency Fur­ni­ture Sta­dium in Wal­dorf.

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